Although it isn’t exactly as big and beefy as the Acer Aspire 9800, I wouldn’t exactly call this laptop “low-end”, per se. I guess over in Japan, they’re used to more impressive specs and as such, the NEC LaVie LL590 is being marketed as a “Basic Notebook”.
The 15.4-inch WXGA TFT LCD appears to be quite vibrant with a 1280 x 800 resolution. Everything should run quite smooth with 768MB of RAM, an ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 chipset, and an AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-50 processor. You can choose, however, to cheap out and opt for the Mobile AMD Sempron 3200+ instead.
Running on Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, this laptop is clearly designed with entertainment in mind (hence the pictured remote and what appears to be an external hard drive for additional storage). The LL590 also boasts a super-multi DVD burner, 100GB HDD, 5-in-1 memory card reader, 802.11a/b/g WLAN, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, and a quad of USB 2.0 ports.
Weighing in at 3.1 kilograms and measuring 360 x 260 x 36.6~40mm (variable thickness, I suppose), the standard issue NEC LaVie L Basic notebook will retail for 155,000 Yen (US$1,342), with prices varying according to options. Look for it on Japanese shelves in a couple of weeks.